Learning to Fly a Powered Parachute
Part 103 Ultralight Training
If you fly a “true ultralight,” there is technically no medical, no training, and no medical currency requirement whatsoever! A Part 103 Ultralight is an aircraft that is a single seat, weighs less than 254 pounds, and has a gas tank not exceeding 5 gallons, among other criteria. The SP103 from Six Chuter falls into this category. Your Certified Flight Instructor will register graduates of their solo program as EAA or ASC Student Pilots. This isn’t mandatory, but it documents and recognizes the training that has been completed to fly the Part 103 Ultralight. If you stick with the one seat powered parachute this is as far as your training ever needs to go, and is the way we recommend people go that will be flying exclusively by themselves.
Part 103 Student Pilot Requirements
- Must be 16 years old to solo and register as student with the EAA, ASC, or USUA
- Testing-Written pre solo and oral test
- Privileges-Solo with instructor endorsement
- Duration-Valid until you earn the pilot certification
- Fee-Free to EAA members and non-members. $5 fee for ASC
All pilots who want to fly a two-seat “Light Sport Aircraft” will need to receive training from an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, and earn their FAA Sport Pilot Certificate.
20-Minute Introductory Training Flight or Gift Certificate
Includes an approximate 20 minute flight with an FAA Certified Flight Instructor for Powered Parachutes. This is the best way to learn if you are interested in this sport and is refundable if you decide to take the pilot training course.
Personalized Gift Certificates can be redeemed for the introductory training flight and are the perfect gift for the person in your life that has always dreamed about flight. You can order by telephone.
1 Hour Flight Training or Gift Certificate
This is the hourly training rate that includes the aircraft, fuel, and Certified Flight Instructor for Powered Parachutes. This is loggable training time that can be applied towards your Sport Pilot or Private Pilot license for powered parachutes. Includes pre- and post-flight briefings. This is also a great way to learn about the sport as a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the sky.
Personalized Gift Certificates can be redeemed for one full hour of flight training with a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) for powered parachutes. You can order by telephone.
1 Hour Ground Training or Gift Certificate
This is the hourly ground training rate by a Certified Flight Instructor for non-flying and other non-engine use activities.
Personalized Gift Certificates can be redeemed for one full hour of ground training with a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) for powered parachutes. You can order by telephone.
Sport Pilot Training Package
This covers the mandated 12 hours of training, plus any additional hours required for the student to become competent, confident, and safe, along with aircraft rental. Topics covered include ground handling and taxiing, aircraft pre-flight, chute layout and inflation techniques, in-flight handling characteristics (turns, climbs, descents, crabs), landing techniques, ground reference maneuvers, traffic pattern instruction, and more.
Biennial Flight Reviews
Every two years, pilots need to have a flight review in order to stay current with their license. This is an opportunity to spend time with an instructor learning about changes in the rules and brushing up on basic flight skills. The FAA minimum requirement is 1 hour of ground training and 1 hour of flight training. Sometimes it takes a little longer, but that will probably only be on some of the ground training. In any case, $175 covers all of the costs of the flight review.
$175 ($125 using your plane)
Pilot Proficiency Tests
These are for private pilots that want to pick up the additional privilege of powered parachute sport pilot or certified flight instructor sport pilot. Administered by a Powered Parachute FAA Certified Flight Instructor (requires appropriate training and recommendation from another Powered Parachute CFI prior to testing)